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Champagnes from Congy by Domaine Ulysse Collin.
Olivier Collin. Photo by Patrick Capiello.


Based in the village of Congy, Olivier Collin comes from a family of vinegrowers who have been active in the Coteaux du Petit Morin since 1812. Georges Collin was the first Récoltant Manipulant in Congy; he started in 1930 and received awards from the French Ministry of Agriculture. Following the second world war, René Collin (Olivier’s grandfather) grew the estate to 18 hectares of vines, began producing his own Champagne blends and was an esteemed member of the "Club des Viticulteurs Champenois" until the 1980’s (it now goes by "Club Trésors de Champagne"). But in 1987, Olivier’s father sold the company and began renting the entirety of the family’s vines and cellar to a big Champagne brand, effectively ending independent production.


This interview with Olivier Collin stems from an email exchange in October 2010.


This visit with Olivier Collin took place in January, 2015.

Words by Jules Dressner, photos by Noah Oldham, David Sink, Patrick Cappiello and Josefa Concannon.

This visit at Ulysse Collin took place in July 2013.

Words by Jules Dressner, photos by Maya Pedersen and Jules Dressner.


"Blanc de Blanc Extra Brut":
Soil: Chalk and clay top soil (50cm), soft clay and carbonated flint subsoil (rare in Champagne)
Grape: Chardonnay
Exposition: South/South-East
Vinification: fermented 6 to 8 months in small oak casks. Aged 13 months, with no fining or filtering. Then aged on lees (sur lattes) for 24 to 36 months.


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